Lifestyle changes and Type 2 Diabetes
There’s no doubt that the main risk factors we need to minimize are eating harmful foods and physical inactivity. This can be easily achieved if we make the necessary lifestyle changes, acquiring healthy eating habits and increasing the physical activity or exercise we do, so we can maintain a proper body weight.
There are other aspects we need to change in our lifestyle which will help us maintain good health.
Reducing your consumption of alcoholic beverages is very important because it constricts your arteries, stimulates the nervous system and increases the secretion of certain hormones which increase the risk of insulin resistance.
If you smoke we advice you to quit immediately, because nicotine constricts blood vessels and arteries, impeding good blood circulation, while raising blood pressure (hypertension). Hypertension is a risk factor for the development of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes, among other health problems.
Similarly, tobacco increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and obstructive bronchitis, among several other diseases.
If you don’t smoke, avoid being a secondhand smoker, i.e., don’t inhale the smoke of others who do smoke and ask them, that if they want to smoke, to do it in open spaces and away from you.
Leading a quiet, relaxed and stress-free life will also help you avoid excess weight, Type 2 Diabetes and several other diseases.
Fortunately changing our lifestyle is in our hands, which will help us make all the necessary changes to minimize our risk factors of Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases, so we can enjoy a better quality of life.